Simatai Great Wall (司马台长城景区)
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Simatai Great Wall is one of a few originally preserved Ming Great Wall sections
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|Admission:||40 RMB (Prebook one day ealier at least)|
Lying in Gubeikou Town northeast of Miyun District about 120 kilometers from Beijing, Simatai Great Wall stretches about 5 kilometers from Wangjing Tower in the east and connects to Houchuankou in the west. It has 35 beacon towers.
Constructed under the supervision of Qi Jiguang, a famous general in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it is the only part of the Great Walls that still has the original appearance of the Ming Dynasty. The eastern part of the Great Wall has 15 watchtowers and was constructed on the steep ridge of the mountain. It looks like a winding dragon jumping out of the lake. There, tourists can appreciate the Stairway to Heaven, the Fairy Tower, the Heaven Bridge and the Wangjing Tower. In order to reach the Fairy Tower, tourists must climb the 85 degree slope Stairway to Heaven which is about 100 meters long and allows only one person to pass. Legend has it that the Fairy Tower was transformed from an antelope and that once the Lotus Flower Fairy lived there, hence its name. On the tower, there are some marble arches carved with lotus patterns.
Watching Beijing Tower: At an elevation of 986 meters, it is regarded as the summit of the Simatai Great Wall as well as the highest cultural relic in Beijing. Its name comes from the fact that at night (with good visibility), one can see the lights of Beijing shimmering in the distance 120 km away.
Fairy Tower: Legend goes that it was the dwelling place for an antelope reincarnated in the form of an angel who fell in love with a shepherd.
Heavenly Ladder: The Heavenly Ladder is the way to Watching Beijing Tower and the Fairy Maiden Tower. Stretching upward along the abrupt mountain ridges, the narrowest part is just half a meter wide.
Sky Bridge: As little as 40 centimeters wide in places, this 100-meter long segment of the wall connects the Fairy Tower to Watching Beijing Tower. It is said that only brave man can traverse the Sky Bridge.
Address: In Gubeikou Town, Miyun District, Beijing
Take Bus No. 980 to Miyun District from Beijing Dongzhimen long distance bus station. From Gulou Street in Miyun District, there are taxis to Simatai.
Take a bus to Chengde City at Dongzhimen long distance bus station. The bus will pass Simatai, and you can ask the bus driver or the bus ticket seller to stop there.